Views And Reviews

How to Break Bad News

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6921.144 (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:144
  1. P J Toghill

    Robert Buckman Macmillan, (Pounds sterling)9.99, pp 195 ISBN 0-333-54864-7]

    We pride ourselves that in Britain our skills of bedside history taking and clinical examination are among the best in the world. Yet despite this we still have much to learn about talking to our patients, particularly when it comes to passing on bad news. This is partly because many of those who teach communication skills have little first hand experience of talking to distraught patients, whereas physicians who have to break bad news have rarely been taught to do so.

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